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H.L.A. Hart, Second Edition$
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Neil MacCormick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756785

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756785.001.0001

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Hart: Moral Critic and Analytical Jurist

Hart: Moral Critic and Analytical Jurist

(p.17) Chapter Two Hart: Moral Critic and Analytical Jurist
H.L.A. Hart, Second Edition
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The objective of jurisprudence is to achieve a systematic and general understanding of law. Law aims to organize and order human communities, as well as protect and regulate human beings as members of communities. Theoretical study of this business of law may overlap with and draw from political and moral philosophy, sociology, history, descriptive political science, analytical philosophy, or logic and rhetoric. H. L. A. Hart views jurisprudence as primarily a branch of philosophy in which philosophical ideas and methods are applied both to the criticism of law and to the conceptual analysis of law, legal systems, and legal concepts. This chapter examines Hart's analytical jurisprudence and linguistic philosophy as well as his reputation as a moral critic of law. It also looks at his role in the liberalization of the law that occurred in the United Kingdom from 1955 to 1970.

Keywords:   H. L. A. Hart, law, jurisprudence, United Kingdom, analytical jurisprudence, linguistic philosophy, liberalization, moral philosophy

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